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We're a great place to work.


CustomInk was named one of the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, and the top-ranked Virginia based company on the list. This marks the first year CustomInk was ranked in the large workplace category (more than 1,000 employees). With an overall rank of 62, CustomInk was recognized for its focus on team well-being, its generous benefits, and the shared values and pride among its team. For the sixth year in a row, we're nationally recognized for having a high-trust workplace culture!


Magazines November 2005, 2007, 2009, & 2013 - Washingtonian Magazine has picked up on CustomInk's positive energy and happy work environment and named CustomInk one of its "Great Places to Work" in the Washington, DC area in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2013 (every year we've applied!). Out of over 200 companies, the magazine selected CustomInk for fostering teamwork, offering a fun company culture, and providing a casual yet results-oriented work environment. CustomInk is a company with heart - we care about each other, as well as our customers and vendors, and it shows in our efforts to create a positive and stimulating work environment.


October 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014 - For the past five years, CustomInk has received a CARE Award from Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS). The CARE Awards recognize companies in Northern Virginia who are leaders in providing innovative and supportive, family-friendly policies, programs and services. NVFS recognized CustomInk for demonstrating our commitment to our team by providing policies and benefits that support flexibility, dependent care, a work-life balance, and community involvement.


September 2008 & 2009 - Counselor Magazine, a publication of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), the organization for the promotional products industry, produces a "Best Places to Work" list each year. CustomInk has made the list both years we applied! The award itself is based solely on Inker feedback from an in-depth 37-question online survey.

We're committed to WOWing customers.

March 2, 2011 - CustomInk is honored to be the 2011 recipient of the International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB is very well known, and this is a high honor awarded to just 1 or 2 companies each year in all of North America. This award recognizes our "superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit our customers, team members, vendors, shareholders and surrounding communities." Judges from around the country were impressed with our commitment to team and customer satisfaction and we are thrilled to receive this recognition!

Stevie-award February 21, 2011 - CustomInk is a 2011 Stevie Award honoree! The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service honor the accomplishments of sales, customer service, and call/contact center professionals worldwide. CustomInk was in the running (along with 5 other online companies) for the e-Commerce Customer Service Award in the "Customer Service & Contact Center" category. We're really excited about the nomination - our first in the category of Customer Satisfaction!

We're innovative.

December 2011 - CustomInk was named to Internet Retailer magazine's list of the "Hot 100 E-Retailers of 2012." They recognized companies for coming up with ideas that meet the needs of their customers. The magazine highlighted the ease of our Design Lab, our helpful customer service, our 100% satisfaction guarantee, and of course, our beloved Inky.


June 30, 2010 - CustomInk was honored at the 9th Annual Hot Ticket Awards as the 2010 winner of the "Hottest Bootstrap" Award! This is a program run by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) to "recognize the region's best and brightest entrepreneurial technology companies" and identify the "hottest" among them. NVTC's Hottest Bootstrap award recognizes the local technology company that has best demonstrated its ability to achieve the most with the least, who has been able to grow without investment from institutions like venture capital firms and banks.


August 11, 2006 - CustomInk won the 2006 eTail Award for eCommerce Fulfillment for exhibiting Best Practices in Real Time Inventory & Successful Returns Management. CustomInk was selected by an advisory panel of executives from Guess, Sears, Hallmark, Gap, LL Bean, Lane Bryant, Fossil and Ikea for its innovative order fulfillment operation that customizes millions of t-shirts and other items each year while keeping virtually no inventory.


September 19, 2006 - CustomInk won the first annual SMB 20 Awards hosted by PC Magazine, the leading technology publication in the United States. The Awards honor the most technologically innovative small and medium sized businesses of the year. CustomInk was one of 20 recognized companies, which have fewer than 300 employees and have been in business for at least a year.


December 3, 2002 - Though CustomInk wasn't among the ultimate winners in the 2002 Inc. Web Awards competition, we did earn the judges' admiration to make the honorable mentions. We demonstrated outstanding returns - some financial, some less tangible - on our Web investments.

We're a top online retailer.


Internet-retailer-top500 Over the years, CustomInk has been recognized in the Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide. Most recently in 2015, CustomInk was ranked #143, moving up from #188 in 2009 and #209 in 2007. This guide ranks business-to-consumer retailers in the U.S. and Canada every two years, based on online sales as researched by Internet Retailer and confirmed by retailers.

We're a fast-growing company.


Inc. Magazine's prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark. In 2007, the Inc. 500 list expanded to the Inc. 500|5000, giving readers a deeper, richer understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape and capturing a broader spectrum of success. The Inc. 500|5000 ranks the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. Inc. also ranks the fastest-growing companies by industry, metro area, revenue, and number of employees. CustomInk has made the list every year since 2005!

  • CustomInk ranked #2,856 in 2010 and #150 in Consumer Products & Services
  • In 2009, CustomInk ranked #2,074
  • In 2008, CustomInk ranked #1,587 overall and #60 Top 100 Company in Retail
  • In 2007, CustomInk ranked #935 overall, #44 Top Company in Retail, and #71 Top Company in the DC metro area
  • CustomInk ranked #168 in 2006 - 2006 Press Release
  • CustomInk ranked #55 in 2005 - 2005 Press Release

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